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Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center

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Address
2351 Veteran’s Road West
Staten Island, NY 10309
Latitude 40.53758
Longitude -74.225349

Spring Events & Programs
Group Programs

The Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center offers interactive exhibits and environmental education programs. Come learn about the Preserve's natural environment and rich history of the Lenape, the Free Blacks of Sandy Ground, the clay-miners, and organic farmer Herbert Gericke. Historical artifacts as well as wildlife specimens native to Staten Island's south shore are on display. Visitors can get up close and personal with live animals, enjoy the touch discovery station, look through a children's stereoscope or play in the kid's activity area. Be sure to venture outside and explore the miles of trails that wander among meadows, forests, wetlands, streams and to Sharrotts Pond.

The Interpretive Center offers environmental education programs year round for schools at all grade levels as well as interpretive programs, hikes, and themed walks for youth organizations and the general public. Contact the Center for more information on public, school, scout or camp programs.

Hours of Operation

  • The Park Office, located at 83 Nielsen Ave, Staten Island, NY is open 9 AM - 5 PM daily. Phone: (718) 967-1976 The Preserve gounds are open dawn to dusk.
  • The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday - Saturday 9 AM to 4:30 PM with exhibits, classroom space, games, and access to Preserve trails.

Fees & Rates

  • Program Fees
  • All programs are FREE of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tue 28 Sep
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970

They're back! Every Tuesday we will explore a new nature theme with crafts, activities, story time, short walks, and lots of free play! Ages 0-4, indoor/outdoor.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tot-time-tuesdays-registration-165554858037

Sat 02 Oct
Farm Tour
Saturday, October 2, 2021 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970

Celebrate World Farm Animal Day by visiting Gericke Farm! Meet at the farm, located at 2876 Arthur Kill Rd, accessible by the S74 bus. Outdoor, weather permitting. All ages welcome.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/farm-tour-registration-166318014659

Tue 05 Oct
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970

They're back! Every Tuesday we will explore a new nature theme with crafts, activities, story time, short walks, and lots of free play! Ages 0-4, indoor/outdoor.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tot-time-tuesdays-registration-165554858037

Sat 09 Oct
Indigenous Peoples’ Day Poetry Reading & Hike
Saturday, October 9, 2021 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970

Join Staten Island Out LOUD for a reading of "An American Sunrise," a collection of poems by Joy Harjo, US poet laureate, and the first Native American to hold that position. Followed by a 1-mile hike. Indoor/outdoor, hike is weather permitting. Best for pre-teens to adults.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indigenous-peoples-day-poetry-reading-and-hike-registration-166325505063

Tue 12 Oct
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970

They're back! Every Tuesday we will explore a new nature theme with crafts, activities, story time, short walks, and lots of free play! Ages 0-4, indoor/outdoor.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tot-time-tuesdays-registration-165554858037

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